Virtualization is a technology that has been around for a fair number of years, and it’s usage is increasing in almost every field of information technology. The reason why is, of course, that virtualization represents a quantum leap forward in efficiency, not only in technological terms, but in business terms too.
In our country, crime is a primary concern for each and every business. What would you do if criminals struck and took your computers? With virtualized desktops, there is nothing to steal. Your security problem becomes simple – protect your server for long enough for a response to arrive and scare off the criminals. And even in the worst case scenario, with a stolen server, you can be up and running again from your backups in hours, not weeks.
Professional cyber-security also protects your data, and your client’s data, from hackers and other online criminals, and gives you much more control over what can and can’t happen on your network.
Traditionally, computers are used directly, you buy a workstation and it gets used by only one person. When that person is off having coffee, it sits idle. Even when that person is working as fast as they can, a workstation is rarely utilized above 20% of its capacity. But because a workstation has only one screen, keyboard and operating system, it can only ever be used by one person at a time.
The second major benefit of virtualization is that it allows someone else to use that processor when the first worker is having coffee. By sharing the resources of one server between many workers, you can smooth out the peaks and dips in each persons demands and use more of the resources than you would otherwise be able to. Its common for virtualisation to increase utilisation from 10% to 70%, a sevenfold decrease in the amount of computational power you would need to achieve the same object. Economies of scale – as always, make it is easier and cheaper to buy, run and maintain one large computing resource than hundreds of smaller ones. In business terms, it means you can realistically achieve a saving of up to about 50% on your budget for core computing resources, without compromising on performance.
Virtualization makes implementing backup strategies painless and completely user-independent. Backing up becomes a case of saving a copy of the entire VM state, even while the VM is running, as a backup. Saved VM’s can be reinstated and booted back up again in seconds if you need to. Implementing automated daily or weekly backup strategies is simple. Recovering from even the worst disasters is easy, quick and cheap. With the reliance your business has on your IT infrastructure or the regulatory compliance you have to maintain – can you really afford not to prepare for disaster?
Virtualizing your business’s IT infrastructure makes it more flexible. You can add and remove workstations without needing to buy or physically move anything. You can respond to changing business needs faster and cheaper than ever before. Who wouldn’t want that?
Have you ever calculated what it costs you to keep all your computers running? virtualizing them will save power, not only on running your computers, but on cooling your workspaces for your employees. Your IT infrastructure also uses much less physical space. Virtualization isn’t only more environmentally friendly, but also saves you money at the same time!
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Virtualised computing mostly occurs on server quality hardware, which is specifically designed to be more robust, reliable and stable than desktop hardware. This means you will have less hardware failures and your data will be safer, and your investment in hardware will last longer.